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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

This film is more real than you think

Author: (meltingclock@netzero.net) from Toronto
30 March 2001

Although done in the way of a mindless action film, this movie is steeped more in reality than you might think. It's true that there are hundreds of leftover POW's still alive in Vietnam. Many of them however have been moved over to Laos, Cambodia, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In the early eighties, Ronald Reagan tried to establish two rescue missions but stopped them at the last minute because their rescue would bring up a secret war the U.S. fought in Laos in the late sixties and early seventies. Many U.S. MIA's/POW's are from this secret war that no one was supposed to know about. Anyway, rather than try rescuing them, they felt that by "liquidating the merchandise" i.e. killing the POW's, the U.S. government could avoid embarrassment and let the pain of Vietnam die off. In fact, Vietnam did offer a number of live POW's to Reagan his first week of office for $ 4 billion dollars but they rejected this offer and continue to claim there are no more live POW's there, even though they have been tracking them by satellite for decades. What makes Rambo so disturbing is, this movie made $ 150 million at the box office, and Reagan even referenced it in a speech he gave once, yet no one in the media reports on the topic anymore. They instead look at it like they do the movie, simply a fantasy.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

The Best Entry in the Fair Series

Author: tfrizzell from United States
28 October 2000

"Rambo: First Blood Part II" is the best entry in the popular series. This time imprisoned Sylvester Stallone is let out early to go back to Vietnam to rescue some prisoners of war. Once again Stallone does not have to do much. Richard Crenna is good once again and so are Charles Napier and Martin Kove. The direction is adequate, but the screenplay is not very good. Overall a fair film that is just slightly better than the average original. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

dam fine entertainment!

10/10
Author: chris (synvion) from Cheltenham
12 November 2003

this is a great and origional action film! the violence is all perfectly choreographed and realistic.its has quite a realistic feel compared to most modern day films insept for the idea that someone this powerful could exsist. but in the film he does, and he is depicted very realistically. no computer effect here, everything is destroyed for real, with some amazing explosions and combat sequences. if u like action films u have to see this. its an extreme step above the rest. get stoned and watch this, its so entertaining if u dont take it to seriously. i love this film, i think every action fan should see it! its a much better second part of a trilogy than matrix reloaded is! ive tried to count how many people rambo kills in this movies, and i tallied it to about 325 people. and these are all military and all trying there hardest to kill him! its great! RAMBO RULES!

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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Just as good as the original if not better

Author: valens-69 from New York
14 February 2003

John Rambo(Sylvester Stallone) is removed from prison by his former Commander Colonel Samuel Troutman(Richard Crenna) for a secret mission to find POWs still in Vietnam.

Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to free them.

Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao(Julia Nickson) Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by a sadistic Vietnamese Captain and his Russian comrade.

Rambo is screwed over by his own people as they abort the mission leaving him in Nam.

Rambo is taken hostage and beat badly.

But Co Bao helps him escape.

Rambo is starting to fall for Co Bao.

But when she is killed Rambo is out for blood.

Killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs.

After that Rambo has his sights set on Marshall Murdock(Charles Napier) who is the one that ordered The mission be aborted leaving Rambo in Nam.

James Cameron actually is one of the writers as well As Sly

Once again Sly gives a solid Performance.

George P. Cosmatos does a great job Directing, Cosmatos would later go on to Direct Tombstone which i feel is one of the greatest movies ever made.

Rambo: First Blood Part 2 is every bit as good as the original and in some ways even better.

I give Rambo: First Blood Part 2 8/10

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

In my view, the best of the three rambo movies.

Author: Meltdown53098533 (Meltdown53098533@aol.com) from london, ont.
25 July 2002

Rambo II starts with Col.Trautman asking John Rambo to come back into action to perform a mission in Vietnam. Rambo accepts and a terrific movie begins! Rambo II is PACKED with great special effects, plot twists, and unforgetable moments. I think, no, I SAY that this movie is way, way, way more exciting than the original, which I give credit for some good effects. If anybody reading this knows what a good action movie is, rent (or buy!) Rambo: First Blood Part II. If you're like me, you'll cherish those 100 minutes of watching it.

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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

The best warrior of the world......RAMBO

9/10
Author: fernanda monteiro from Portugal
20 December 2006

This is one of the most exciting movies I have ever seen. When Rambo is sent to Vietnam to take photographic evidence of American prisoners of war who broke their neck fighting for their country, nobody would think that it is a woman the person who is going to be his partner during his Herculean-task.

Actually, Julia Nickson plays a woman whose family had always worked together with the Americans in the fight for liberate South-East Asia from communist imperialism. She is the most important character in the movie apart from Rambo, and deserves all respect for the fantastic job she does for freedom.

All the action in this movie is very good and Rambo's final quotes will let you speechless. And I understood what is heroism just watching Rambo's attitude on behalf of his fellow soldiers who were brutally tortured by the North Vietnamese communist regime.

Perhaps at US public opinion the war was lost, but in the battlefield no doubt Americans won overwhelmingly. History will honor the sacrifice of thousands of heroic American youngsters in that war against communist imperialist oppression.

This is a must-see movie.

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15 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

This is real heroism and love for partners and country

10/10
Author: Manuel Jose from Spain
22 May 2006

Sylvester Stallone plays an American special forces veteran who won the Medal of Honor. In Vietnam, where he fought several years during the 60's in counter-insurgency operations, he lost all his partners, the only friends he had, and that memories plagues him. When he came back to homeland, people were ungrateful for his sacrifice, and he was unfairly jailed after an incident in a small town. Colonel Sam Trautman calls for him to send him back to Vietnam on a mission to liberate American PoW's so this way he could be released and forgiven. Rambo, of Indian-German ancestry, was born in Arizona in 1947. He loves his country and he would die for it without hesitate. There is a wonderful character played by Julia Nickson who represents the willingness of people from everywhere to help the Americans in the fight for freedom.

American armed forces won in Vietnam, that is a fact: they won every major battle with huge supremacy.The Green Berets made a difference, they were the most successful military unit during the war and it is not a secret that they were extremely superior in military skills, patriotic fervor, ability, stamina, intelligence and courage!!

The Marines, the Rangers, the Navy SEALs (who killed 200 enemy for each self casualty, visit NavySEAL.com) and the Air Cavalry of the Army... They absolutely SMASHED the Viet Cong and the North Vietnam Army, but at home, America was loosing...

America won in the battlefield, but lost at home. The leftist, pro-communism mainstream media plus Military traitors (like Mr Kerry), and other America haters ( like Jane Fonda) turned out to be the real ENEMY.

North Vietnam saw the weak point of America and they exploited that.

When America withdrew from Vietnam, a totalitarian regime was established and millions of innocent South Vietnamese people were brutally tortured and assassinated. Fortunately, thousands of South Vietnamese people could reach American soil, and they now live in freedom in that great country called America.

However, hundreds of MIA's and PoW's were still in Vietnam after the war. That's why Rambo is sent to verify their situation and take photographs...........

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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

Personally, the best out of the Rambo series!

10/10
Author: Anarchy7451 from United States
9 July 2005

Rambo: First Blood Part II, is, like the title says, the best out of the series! In this movie, we revisit the Vietnam veteran Rambo, who has been offered to be released from prison as long as he would gather intelligence on captured P.O.W's in a Vietnam camp. Later on, Rambo decides to take matters into his own hands and was betrayed by an American high official. Along with a beautiful Taiwan contact, Rambo fights the brutal Russians that sides with the Vietnamese and the Vietnamese themselves. This flick is packed with explosions and intense adrenaline-pumping action,you won't be disappointed! I strongly urge you to watch this film!

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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

Jingoism gone rampant

1/10
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere
5 May 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The ghost of the Vietnam war has haunted the American psyche for thirty years now. If not because of the fact that tens of thousands of American soldiers went MIA in Vietnam, or the manner in which those who returned were treated, then because it was the first war that America could be said to have lost. Many men came home from the war a shadow of their former selves, and the original First Blood managed to provide a small insight into their problems as they attempted to rotate back into the world, as the saying goes. First Blood Part II, on the other hand, is little more than a fist-pumping mess that goes to illustrate how sore America can be, both in victory and defeat. Stallone puts in another sluggish performance as the titular Special Forces commando, while Richard Crenna attempts to hold up the serious actor quotient. Where it all comes undone is in the script, which didn't do any better when it was called Missing In Action and starred Chuck Norris. What little semblance of logic there was in the original is now gone, as the filmmakers decide to paint a big S on Rambo's massive chest.

The film picks up a little while after the end of First Blood. The film, that is - the novel didn't allow for the possibility of sequels. In this mediocre follow-up, Rambo has been put to work at what appears to be some sort of open-air mine. As he is breaking rocks and working up a sweat, a prison guard pulls him away to go and have a chat with Colonel Trautman, who advises him that his government is willing to offer him an early release if he goes on a covert mission. Rambo, never one to back down from a hard day's violent work, accepts, and is promptly shipped off to a covert base in what appears to be Cambodia or Thailand (I forget which). From there, he is commissioned to seek out a camp where American MIAs are supposedly being held, and photograph them. His mission quite clearly specifies that he is not to make any attempt to secure their release. Rambo being Rambo, however, has other ideas in spite of their possible political implications.

Of course, things go somewhat awry when it turns out that the people commissioning Rambo's work have more interest in making sure no American MIAs are found. It is the age-old conspiracy theory, and makes no apologies for exploiting the plight of many an American family that was left without a son during the ten years that the official Vietnam war had been raging for. Of course, with the Jingoism that was inherent in American society during the 1980s, they could not help but work in a plot tangent about the Vietnamese army being in bed with what appears to be a single battalion of Russians. Together, the two antagonists attempt to extract what information they can from Rambo, but it backfires upon them in an orgy of bullets, arrows, rockets, and destruction. About the only thing missing is the moment when Rambo drinks from a grail-like chalice and declares himself invincible.

To be honest, First Blood Part II is a well-photographed, and well-choreographed, action spectacle. The hand-to-hand combat with the larger Russian commander is one of the few battles in the film that has any dramatic tension whatsoever. The rest is simply a case of the lead actor and the director building a fantasy for Americans to pump their fist to. Fortunately, this fad of America über alles action films soon died down when more introspective and intelligent war films such as Platoon began doing the rounds. Some of the kills shown here are quite creative, despite all the problems. The Vietnamese commander meets an end that many an action film villain would envy. The Russian commander bites it in a manner that is as spectacular as it is ridiculous. Only in a 1980s action film would one see a LAW being used from inside a helicopter. Sure, there have been action film clichés rooted in contradictions of fact, but never this ridiculous before.

I gave Rambo: First Blood Part II a one out of ten. It is so bad it is ridiculous, and so ridiculous that it is often funny. One doesn't even need to have served in the military to know how stupid some of the action sequences are. The only risk it takes is in trying to make a stupid political statement with what is a heartbreaking subject for those directly involved. Keep the tongue firmly in the cheek, and it might be watchable.

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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

When the sequel does WAY better than it's predecessor!

Author: crewcut6 from Allentown, PA
28 August 1999

In the end of "First Blood", we see John Rambo being led away to jail, and we think it's the last we will see of our hero. But we were wrong. It's successor, "Rambo II" has arrived, and it did way better than the first one! You could tell: it had better performances, a plausible plot, and great action sequences. Sly Stallone looked really pumped up in this version, and ready to blast the commies out of this earth. Yeah, I know, it's no "Patton", but if you extremely hate the communists, you can be sure to root for the big guy himself!

Sly did surprisingly well in this sequel, but the other actors were very convincing, too. Julia Nickson and Richard Crenna shed some humanity as Rambo's only allies, while Charles Napier and Steven Berkoff portray the scumbags of the film. Catch future "L.A. Heat" star Steven Williams in this flick, too, as an extremely tortured vet who is saved from eternal damnation by our hero.

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